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Goldwell Open Air Museum

Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, Nevada

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Goldwell Open Air Museum

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  • The modest visitor center located next to the parking lot is open most days (except Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.- Goldwell Open Air Museum
  • Fred Bervoets' "Tribute to Shorty." - Goldwell Open Air Museum
  • Albert Szukalsk's  “The Last Supper.”- Goldwell Open Air Museum
  • “The Last Supper” in the foreground with “Lady Desert: The Venus of Nevada” in the middle-ground and a derelict mine puncturing the hill in the background.- Goldwell Open Air Museum
  • Dr. Hugo Heyrman's “Lady Desert: The Venus of Nevada”- Goldwell Open Air Museum
  • Lady Desert oversees the sparse valley below.- Goldwell Open Air Museum
  • An origami sculpture at the Goldwell Open Air Museum.- Goldwell Open Air Museum
  • Szukalski's "Ghost Rider" with Bervoets' "Tribute to Shorty" behind and the remnants of the Rhyolite Ghost Town in the background.- Goldwell Open Air Museum
  • Eames Demetrios's "Rhyolite’s District of Shadows" offers an alternative narrative to Rhyolite's evolution. The ghost town is prominent in the background as you read the plaque.- Goldwell Open Air Museum
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Pros: 
Unique open-air art and sculpture museum in the desert adjacent to the Rhyolite ghost town. Free entry.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, NV
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
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"Art where it seemingly shouldn't be." That's the tag-line from the Goldwell Open Air Museum website, and as you drive through the sparse desert landscape towards the museum, it's hard to imagine you'll shortly be experiencing an extraordinary outdoor art and sculpture exhibition.

Located on the access road to the ghost town of Rhyolite, the museum is a striking contrast against the natural landscape. Belgian artist Albert Szukalski initiated this unusual museum in 1984, starting with his life-sized adaption of Leonardo da Vinci's “The Last Supper.” The sculpture endures today, along with works from fellow Belgians Fred Bervoets, Dre Peeters and Dr. Hugo Heyrman. These artists and more form part of the permanent exhibition that surrounds the modest visitor center in the middle of the Mojave Desert at Goldwell.

The museum remains an active exhibitio, and the Goldwell team is regularly onsite to share details of the works on display and encourage further artistic exploration through artist residencies. The museum is on private land, but it is open to the public at no charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The visitor center is also often open, with Goldwell team members onsite from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most days of the week.

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